Report: Broncos Fully Expect to Re-Sign DE/LB Shaun Phillips


Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) during the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to go into full offseason mode, and to get our minds off the awful Super Bowl that was played this past Sunday, let’s talk possible roster moves.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the Broncos “fully expect” to re-sign defensive end/linebacker Shaun Phillips, a player who had 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in his first year in Denver.

The Denver Broncos got Phillips on draft weekend last year, signing him to a very modest and reasonable one-year, $1 million deal. Phillips earned some incentives with the Broncos, likely escalating his contract to the maximum $3 million, but it was still a bargain deal for a guy that gave the team double digit sacks and made some clutch plays in the playoffs.

Phillips, like some of the other older guys on the Broncos, is a guy who is merely playing for a title at this point. He was solid in rotation for Jack Del Rio’s defense and could be even more effective in what was expected to be his normal role, as a backup and pass rush partner with Von Miller.

This would be a nice move for Denver’s defense, considering they could obviously use all the depth they can possibly get. Phillips was expected to be a key reserve this past year and wound up playing a major role on a Super Bowl team.